I decided I would make a list of all the Valentine romances that I have to share for today’s post. Only thing is that when I dug around my shelves, my book database, my e-book files and, well, just about anywhere I could think of I came up with only one Harlequin paperback and 2 e-books that even just mention Valentine’s Day much less have that as a theme. (And the two e-books are basically erotic romances, too.)
Like I said. Odd. I mean think about this. Longtime romance reader. Huge collection of romance novels. Only 3 Valentine themed romances. Shouldn’t there be more? At least in the paperbacks?
Or am I looking at this backwards? Or something.
Okay, at this point I became curious and went digging for how many Christmas and Halloween themed romances, well, books, period, I have. Yeah, there are other “holidays” but those two also stand out as particularly promotable in terms of selling romances. Or any other popular fiction for that matter. I found 18 Christmas and 13 Halloween romances and those lists have both an equal mixture of paper and electronic titles.
So, what am I supposed to make from this? That Valentine’s Day is the “romance day of the year” but that publishers don’t actually promote all that many Valentine themed romances. Eh? Nope, doesn’t sound right.
Or, as is more likely, that as a longtime, rather jaded, set in my ways, if not downright cynical romance reader I tend to avoid picking up that particular theme with a passion. This may or may not make sense but as a plot “theme” Valentine’s Day tends to be almost like sickly sweet candy to someone who expects a full meal in a romance. Know what I mean?
Yeah, that last is probably it.
I find either choice rather curious to be honest but the personal observation is fascinating. I honestly hadn’t realized this about myself but it makes a certain kind of sense. I don’t do sappy well and like more adventure driven romances which probably doesn’t mix well with the mood of Valentine’s Day at all. OTOH, Halloween goes very well with my tastes so I can wallow – to a point – because even if they don’t mention Halloween there’s still usually a bunch of paranormal type romances that come out in or around October. The odd thing is that there are also heaps and heaps of fantasy/magic/sci-fi themed romance short stories released almost every year from anywhere around, well, say Halloween to after New Year’s, some Christmas themed and some not so I can indulge myself without worrying about the sappiness level at that time of the year, too. And at that time of year I sometimes don’t even mind sappy, just because. Ya know?
I just don’t do it around Valentine’s Day.
Who knew? I sure didn’t.
Oh, yeah, before I forget the three books, they are:
- My Phony Valentine by Marie Ferrarella
- Forever Valentine by Bianca D’Arc
- Call Me Cupid by Sydney Somers
The neat end result of all of this is that I haven’t read any of them in several years so I can have a reread binge this next week when I have some spare moments and not feel at all guilty about looking for anything new. 😉
So what’s on your Valentine bookshelf? Something? Nothing? Ahem.